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For the first time, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) is providing monthly data on rail movements of crude oil, which have significantly increased over the past five years. The new data on crude-by-rail (CBR) movements are fully integrated with EIA’s existing monthly petroleum supply statistics, which already include crude oil movements by pipeline, tanker, and barge.

The digital edition of Pipeline & Gas Journal, March 2015, Vol. 242, No. 3.

AUSTIN, TX – According to a newly released environmental analysis, Ozone NAAQS Proposed Rule – Evaluation of the Science, the EPA’s recommendation to lower the current ozone standard is unsubstantiated by the evidence provided by the agency. The extensive review, conducted by Zephyr Environmental Corporation and commissioned by the Texas Pipeline Association, revealed that the current standard of 75 parts per billion continues to be protective of public health and welfare, with an adequate margin of safety.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — There is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation's highest costs and that cheap, abundant, relatively clean natural gas could be at least a short-term answer. But heels dig deep when it comes to those thorniest of questions: how and where?

We are living in a world obsessed with oil and its price movements. Some time back, when all the trade pundits were predicting a stable $100 benchmark, the prices fell… and how! The current fall in the oil price has been particularly harsh and excruciating for some of the prominent players such as Russia and Venezuela.

Duke Energy Corp. will appeal a record $25.1 million fine imposed by the state of North Carolina for contaminating groundwater near one of its plants; a penalty that the utility describes as “regulatory overreach.”

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NC DENR) imposed the fine on Duke Energy on March 10 for the poisoning of the water at the utility’s LV Sutton Steam Electric Plant in Wilmington, NC, and plans yet more fines as it looks into possible pollution at other plants.

In 2013, SGS PfiNDE received a call from a client pipeline company which transports a light hydrocarbon product with entrained particulate and sediment through a 150-mile section of pipeline in Minnesota.

The company encountered a challenge when, after cleaning the first 20-mile section of the pipeline, the cleaning tool became blocked by, what was determined to be, the excessive buildup of sediment in front of the cleaning tool. Due to the large amount of sediment in this particular line, the tool had gathered enough sludge to completely stop any further progress of the cleaning pig.

NEW YORK (AP) — Firefighters using high-powered water towers worked Friday to extinguish pockets of fire at the site of an apparent gas explosion in Manhattan as authorities reported that two people were unaccounted for.

The powerful midafternoon blast Thursday in the East Village caused the collapse of three buildings and fire damage to a fourth, the fire department said. It left 19 people injured, including four in critical condition.

The mayor's office said two people were unaccounted for.

According to EIA monthly supply data through December 2014 released in late February, U.S. exports of fuel ethanol in 2014 reached their second-highest level at a total of 826 million gallons. This level was second only to the 1.2 billion gallons exported during 2011 and 33% more than exports of fuel ethanol in 2013.

In recent years, the technological advances in recovering hydrocarbons trapped in tight formations, like shale, using unconventional drilling methods (horizontal drilling in conjunction with multi-stage hydraulic fracturing) have made U.S. oil production grow dramatically.